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9:20 AM ET, July 11, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Guardian Media Group Buys paidContent for $30 Million  —  In what will be seen as a new media coup, sources tell BoomTown that Britain's Guardian Media Group is set to announce this morning that it will buy the company that runs the high-profile digital media news site paidContent for a price “north of $30 million.”
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
ContentNext 2.0: Life With The Guardian Media Group  —  We got scooped on the biggest story of our own company's life.  Such is our life.  Almost six years after our company started with paidContent.org, we have been acquired by Guardian News & Media (GNM), the news media division of UK-headquartered Guardian Media Group (GMG).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Confirmed: PaidContent Bought By the Guardian - Here's How Media History is Made  —  The trailblazing blog PaidContent, specializing in coverage of the business of new media, will be acquired by the Guardian Media Group, writes Kara Swisher tonight in a very sweet scoop.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Kimerling / TechCrunch:
Before the App Store “Opens”, it has already made Apple $55,000  —  Tucked away on the iPhone 2.0 version of Apple's Application Store is a counter for the number of times that each application has been purchased .  When this information is combined with an application's price …
Discussion: MacRumors, Forbes and GMSV
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone App Store first impression: Sublime beyond belief  —  If you don't have an iPhone, you're going to want one real soon.  I say this not because of peer pressure or because of the Apple marketing machine.  Or even because of the iPhone 3G.  I say it because the App Store …
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Amid the App Store fanfare, Apple releases significant update for AppleTV  —  While we're waiting for MobileMe to become available for longer than five minutes, it's worth noting among the App Store fanfare that Apple has also updated its AppleTV.  —  Early Thursday Apple released iTunes 7.7, making the App Store possible.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's Good (and Free!) in the iTunes App Store
Raanan Bar-Cohen / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress For iPhone  —  The WordPress for iPhone App is nearly ready to go.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Blog Herald
Vindu Goel / Bits:
An Imminent Victory for ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates  —  When Comcast admitted last fall that it was blocking — or slowing down, as the company preferred to call it — certain file transfers by customers, a lot of people complained that the company was unfairly discriminating against heavy Internet users.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast Believes In FCC Authority When It Suits Comcast; Otherwise?
Discussion: DSLreports
Om Malik / GigaOM:
I Can't Find MobileMe  —  At $99 a year, I expect my online service to function all the time.  So perhaps that is why I am a little upset that Apple hasn't been able to launch their MobileMe service properly and are experiencing outages.  The fact that the service was supposed to launch …
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Associated Press:
Outage hobbles new Apple Web service  —  Users have trouble accessing new Apple's $99-per-year MobileMe service, which launches Friday.  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Apple's new data-synching service got off to a rocky start Thursday, as some users were denied access to their accounts just hours …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
New iPhone 3G goes on sale  —  Apple's new iPhone 3G went on sale this morning, as the Californian company's latest attempt to capture the public imagination.  —  The first UK iPhone 3G was sold at 8.02am, in a stunt designed to promote the O2 network, which has an exclusive deal to provide iPhone service in the UK.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Another key early Facebook employee, Jeff Hammerbacher, is leaving the company  —  Facebook may now be the largest social network in the world, and it may be continually innovating with nice new products like its Twitter-like iPhone application, but more and more beloved early employees are heading out the door.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 2.0 Unlocked (YES!)  —  The new iPhone OS 2.0 software has been unlocked and jailbroken.  It was released just hours ago and it has already been cracked by the iPhone Dev Team.  The first one took a couple of months, but this one was actually unlocked before Apple released it to the public.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
GE Earnings: NBC U Misses Another Quarter  —  The good news for GE: After a shocking miss in Q1, the company met profit goals and beat revenue expectations in Q2.  The bad news for Jeff Zucker: NBC U missed its targets again.  —  Revenues for the segment were up 7% y/y, to $3.88 billion.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Jerry Yang's Pledge: Not on My Watch  —  If BoomTown had any doubt that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang was going to knuckle under to the public kneecapping given to him by the activist investor Carl “Shark” Icahn and Microsoft CEO Steve “My Way or the Highway” Ballmer earlier this week …
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
Javelin ScreenCandy - Live Shots Of A Real Javelin  —  Secret Agent 001 sent in some pictures he/she took with their BlackBerry Curve of the upcoming Javelin.  I thought you would enjoy so here you go.  I will follow up with one interesting peculiarity in the Javelin but that is for another post.
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Disney Interactive Media Group Integration Begins With Long List …
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Female CEOs at top Silicon Valley tech firms down to zero
Joe Fay / The Register:
O2 buckles under 3G iPhone demand
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Shrinking Sun under the gun
Discussion: eWeek, Open Sources and Valleywag
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Firms ‘miss’ social site success
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Priming the Pump: New Users, Meet the Old Winners
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Everything On The Internet Is Encrypted...
Discussion: Slashdot, p2pnet and NewTeeVee
InfoWorld:
Artificial intelligence tied to search future
Discussion: Beyond Search
Mike Simons / Computerworld:
No servers, no stories at Financial Times
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Researchers craft bot to populate Wikipedia with gene data
Cade Metz / The Register:
Cokeheads slip AI onto Yahoo! front page
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